- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) - A charter school is touting itself as Maine’s first solar-powered academic facility that produces more energy than it uses.

Officials at Good Will-Hinckley cut the ribbon Wednesday on the newly renovated building to be used by the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, describing it as a fully solar-powered “net positive” structure.

The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences is growing. For the 2015 school year, the class has grown from 76 to over 122 students representing more than 27 school districts across Maine.

The charter school was in the news earlier this year when Gov. Paul LePage threatened to withhold funding if the school hired House Speaker Mark Eves as its president.

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